Homemade Chocolate Pudding – How to Make Chocolate Pudding from Scratch

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Homemade Chocolate Pudding is a rich, decadent, old-fashioned dessert that is easy to make and a hit with all ages. Top your stove top chocolate pudding with whipped cream or pour into a graham-cracker crust for a yummy treat.

Homemade Chocolate Pudding Recipe

Can you make chocolate pudding from scratch?

You can, and it really only takes a matter of minutes. Homemade pudding is basically a mixture of wet ingredients combined with dry ingredients that is cooked in a saucepan on the stove. Once the pudding comes to a boil, it thickens in exactly one minute. I promise that you can learn how to make homemade chocolate pudding (or any type of pudding or custard for that matter).

This easy chocolate pudding is packed with dark chocolate flavor and the recipe calls for 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder. You’ll notice that the cocoa powder doesn’t seem to be incorporating. Just be patient and once the pudding mixture begins to boil, the magic will happen.

Old Fashioned Chocolate Pudding Recipe

I found this recipe for chocolate pudding with eggs in an old Mennonite cookbook that belonged to my Granny. The cookbook was stuck up in the top of a closet along with old notebooks that she had taped recipes in after cutting them from newspapers and magazines. Her numerous notebooks were the original Pinterest. The apple hasn’t fallen from her tree seeing how I am constantly reading cookbooks, marking pages and making notes myself.

I recently taught my six your old how to make vanilla pudding and chocolate pudding from scratch. Pudding recipes are a great basic learning tool for young kids. They can measure dry ingredients, learn how to properly read the line on a wet ingredient measure and whisk.

Ingredients For Chocolate Pudding from Scratch

Sugar

Cornstarch

Cocoa Powder

Salt

Milk (preferably whole milk)

Egg Yolks

Butter

Vanilla extract

How to Make Chocolate Pudding from Scratch:

  1. In a small 2-quart saucepan, combine sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch and salt.
  2. Whisk together milk and egg yolks in a separate bowl.
  3. Slowly add the milk mixture to the dry ingredients while whisking.
  4. Cook over medium heat; stirring constantly. Add the butter to the mixture so it melts as it heats up.
  5. Bring the mixture to a boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  6. Remove from heat, and stir in vanilla.
  7. Optional: press through a sieve to remove lumps.
  8. Cool slightly, press wax paper or plastic wrap against the pudding and chill completely in the refrigerator.

For the full ingredient amounts and recipe steps for homemade chocolate pudding with eggs, scroll to the bottom of this post.

Notes About Chocolate Cornstarch Pudding:

  • In my opinion, this is the best chocolate pudding recipe. It’s rich and delicious.
  • Be sure to use granulated sugar not powdered sugar.
  • Let’s talk milk. Please use either whole or 2% milk for a thick pudding texture.
  • Margarine could be used instead of butter, if needed.
  • Push the pudding through a sieve if your pudding has lumps. (A few lumps never killed anyone).
  • Save the egg whites for an omelet or try your hand at homemade angel food cake.
  • Homemade pudding tends to form a skin on top. To prevent this, press a piece of plastic wrap or waxed paper against the pudding before chilling in the refrigerator.
  • Serve topped with cool whip, fresh whipped cream or stir in chocolate chips which is how my momma serves it.
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Triple Chocolate Cake

This Easy Triple Chocolate Cake is made with just five ingredients and mixed in one bowl making it a simple, quick dessert option.

Fanciful Fudge Cake

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Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

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Fantasy Fudge

Grandma's Chocolate Fantasy Fudge is a rich, decadent treat that is quick and easy to make. A small piece is all you need to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Chocolate Pound Cake

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Homemade Chocolate Pudding - How to Make Chocolate Pudding from Scratch

Homemade Chocolate Pudding is a rich, decadent, old-fashioned dessert that is easy to make and a hit with all ages. Top with whipped cream or pour into a graham-cracker crust for a yummy treat.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 min
Total Time11 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate cornstarch pudding, chocolate pudding from scratch, homemade chocolate pudding, homemade chocolate pudding with eggs
Servings: 6
Calories: 173kcal
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions

  • In a 2-quart saucepan, mix sugar, cornstarch, salt and cocoa powder.
    Homemade Chocolate Pudding is a rich, decadent, old-fashioned dessert that is easy to make and a hit with all ages. Top your stove top chocolate pudding with whipped cream or pour into a graham-cracker crust for a yummy treat.
  • Whisk milk and egg yolks in a separate bowl; slowing add to the dry ingredients while whisking.
    Homemade Chocolate Pudding is a rich, decadent, old-fashioned dessert that is easy to make and a hit with all ages. Top your stove top chocolate pudding with whipped cream or pour into a graham-cracker crust for a yummy treat.
  • Heat over medium heat; add butter so it melts while it heats up. Stir constantly.
    Homemade Chocolate Pudding is a rich, decadent, old-fashioned dessert that is easy to make and a hit with all ages. Top your stove top chocolate pudding with whipped cream or pour into a graham-cracker crust for a yummy treat.
  • Bring to a full, rolling boil for 1 minute. (You will feel and see pudding thicken as you stir.)
    Homemade Chocolate Pudding is a rich, decadent, old-fashioned dessert that is easy to make and a hit with all ages. Top your stove top chocolate pudding with whipped cream or pour into a graham-cracker crust for a yummy treat.
  • Remove from heat; stir in vanilla extract.
  • Optional step: press pudding through sieve to remove lumps.
    Homemade Chocolate Pudding is a rich, decadent, old-fashioned dessert that is easy to make and a hit with all ages. Top your stove top chocolate pudding with whipped cream or pour into a graham-cracker crust for a yummy treat.
  • Cool slightly. Press plastic wrap or waxed paper over the top to prevent a skin from forming.
  • Optional: stir in chocolate chips and top with whipped cream.
    Homemade Chocolate Pudding is a rich, decadent, old-fashioned dessert that is easy to make and a hit with all ages. Top your stove top chocolate pudding with whipped cream or pour into a graham-cracker crust for a yummy treat.

Notes

  • In my opinion, this is the best chocolate pudding recipe. It's rich and delicious.
  • Be sure to use granulated sugar not powdered sugar.
  • Let's talk milk. Please use either whole or 2% milk for a thick pudding texture.
  • Push the pudding through a sieve if your pudding has lumps.  (But in my opinion, a few lumps never killed anyone).
  • Save the egg whites for an omelet or try your hand at homemade angel food cake.
  • Homemade pudding tends to form a skin on top. To prevent this, press a piece of plastic wrap or waxed paper against the pudding before chilling in the refrigerator.
  • Serve topped with cool whip or stir in chocolate chips which is how my momma serves it. 
  • Love pudding? Try our Homemade Vanilla Pudding

Nutrition

Calories: 173kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 104mg | Potassium: 139mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 277IU | Calcium: 102mg | Iron: 1mg

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